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in England

York Guitar Quartet

are giving a concert on Friday 30 March 2018 at 12:30 pm at the Unitarian Chapel, St. Saviourgate, York.
The theme of this concert is women composers, featuring works Maria Theresia von Paradis, Fanny Hensel Mendelssohn, Clara Wieck Schumann and Lili Boulanger.


From West Dean Classical Guitar Festival
Dear Guitar Group
This is to let you know that booking has now opened for the
West Dean International Classical Guitar Festival 2018
18-23 August 2018
West Dean College of Arts and Conservation, West Dean, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0QZ
The Festival provides outstanding learning and performing opportunities for classical guitarists of all levels (aged 16 and above) through repertoire and technique classes, ensemble playing, guitar orchestra, student concerts, individual lessons and solo masterclasses.   Working with internationally acclaimed artists you will study in an ensemble group according to your level.     The Festival includes a guitar open day and evening concert series with performances by William Kanengiser, Xuefei Yang, Vickers Bovey Guitar Duo and The Modern Guitar Trio.      Bursaries are available for students aged 16-24 to help with fees.
The Festival Director is Andrew Gough with Alison Bendy, Gerald Garcia, William Kanengiser, Gary Ryan, Helen Sanderson, Jarl Stromdal and Xuefei Yang.
West Dean College of Arts and Conservation is in an historic country house  with  Parkland and award-winning Gardens in the heart of the South Downs National Park.       The College offers comfortable accommodation and good food and there’s a bar, tennis courts, outdoor swimming pool and croquet lawn.  
I attach full information, together with a poster.    Please click here for the link to our website.
Many thanks for your help in spreading the word about the Festival.
Kind regards
Penny Sydenham
Penny Sydenham| Team Administrator, Marketing and Development
The Edward James Foundation Ltd, a registered charity
West Dean | Chichester | West Sussex | PO18 0QZ
DDI 01243 818256
penny.sydenham@westdean.org.uk| www.westdean.org.uk
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From Andrew Clegg

I am pleased to announce that I have released a new album for 2018. 

The new album is called 'Anyday, Now.......Everyday!' and it is a collaboration between English composer Peter Byrom-Smith and Japanese composer Nobuya Monta and I had the pleasure of performing this wonderful modern classical music. The music is a side step from my Latin music, as I am going back to my classical roots for this project!

The album will be reviewed in various music publications and will be played on the radio too, but you can get a copy first!

The album is available to listen to and download from the follow link. You can also order a Cd version (£10) -


Over 2018 I will be writing new music for another album of original Latin music.

I wish you all well for 2018 and many thanks for your time.


'A rising star'
BBC Radio
'A rare talent, not to be missed'
The Yorkshire Post

in France

I am sending this info in case a member of the YCGS may be interested .
I would like to announce that the SUBSCRIPTIONS for the 39th stage / festival 'Guitare en France' at Château de Ligoure are now open. 
Please visit our website www.guitarenfrance.org for subscriptions and information. 
The 3d to 11th of August 2018 will be packed with guitar music and guitar activities in an exceptional environment.
Thank you for your collaboration
Best wishes

Eleftheria Kotzia

and in Alicante, Spain 2018

If you happen to be wanting a little foreign warmth!

University of Alicante, Spain
Applications Open for 2019


Master in Classical Guitar Performance


Apply now & Join us!
The University of Alicante organizes the Master in Classical Guitar Performance from January to June 2019.
This master is a completely new experience offered to 14 guitarists, a unique opportunity to improve their knowledge and practice of the instrument with professors selected from the most renowned virtuosi in the world.
More information

Student Residence
"San Roque"

During the Masters course, the students all live together. The accommodation in the historic San Roque building, which has been completely renovated; it has a view over Alicante to the Mediterranean Sea, and is just a short walk from the centre of Alicante. The students have their own bedrooms but share the kitchen and living areas.  This offers them the unique opportunity to talk and play for each other, to discuss their approaches to playing. They each come from such different backgrounds, and they are all dedicated to learning more and playing the guitar better. What is more, the accommodation is very inexpensive. Every aspect of living has been organised for the Masters course, so that the students only need to focus on their studies.
San Roque

Student Recital
As part of the Master training, all students have the opportunity to perform three recitals around the province of Alicante.
Each student will offer three performances, 30 minutes long.
Alicante is a thriving city by the Mediterranean Sea. It is the capital of the province of Alicante and the fourth largest province in Spain in GDP and population. It has nearly two million inhabitants, of whom more than half a million are foreigners.
Temperatures range between 15 and 30 degrees and there are more than 300 days of sunshine every year, which is why Alicante is known to have an “eternal spring”.
Dear friend,
It is a pleasure to inform you that we are already accepting applications for the VII Edition of Master in Classical Guitar Performance 2019 organized by the University of Alicante from January to June. Applications deadline is March, 30.
See you in Alicante!